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Tell us a little something about your book and what genre it is?

 My book, ‘The Trouble With Charlie’ is a contemporary Romantic Suspense. 

The following is a short summation of the book:

 Love. Desire. A psycho bent on revenge. But can Charlie Reynolds recognize the most dangerous of the three?

 Since being out on her own at eighteen, Charlotte “Charlie” Reynolds is a street-smart “good” girl who hides her desire for love and security behind her feisty and independent personality. She just never expected a more noxious hero than wealthy, self-consumed Evan Gardner, the CEO and founder of Valley Tech., a successful software company in Los Angeles. From the moment Evan rescues her from an apparent random attack, their attraction for each other bubbles just below the surface of all-out passion.

What character(s) do you like the most and why? If someone made a movie of your book, which actors/actresses would play your characters?

My favorite character is Charlie. I created her as a pragmatic, yet vulnerable heroine. I suppose I molded her into the person I would most like to be. I love the rendition of Charlie on my book cover, but as a celebrity I chose Julianne Hough as a look-a-like.

When I was writing the book, I envisioned Evan as a character played by Viggo Mortensen in the movie 28 Days (blond, tan, chiseled good looks.)

 What are your favorite books? And is there any book in particular that made you want to become a writer?

 I have always loved to read and growing up spent many happy hours at the library. As a teenager I liked fantasy books including ‘The Lord of the Rings’ Trilogy and ‘The Chronicles of Narnia.’ Later on I liked to read romance, especially historical romance and romantic suspense. I began writing my book after I had read every Amanda Quick novel I could find at the library.

 What’s the one thing you can’t live without while writing?

 Sleep and chocolate!

 Reality or Fantasy?

Fantasy

Your favorite snack?

 Pizza and chocolate

 Who’s your literary crush?

 Only one? First would be Viggo Mortensen’s portrayal of Aragorn in ‘The Lord of the Rings’ movies (I believe he stayed true to Tolkien’s vision of the character.) Also, liked Gabriel Jones in Amanda’s Quick’s Arcane Series. Lastly, I am in love with my own character, Evan Gardner.

 Lastly, what’s your favorite season?

I am a summer gal.

 You can find Catherine’s books at:

 http://www.astraeapress.com/#ecwid:category=662245&mode=product&product=10046834

 Thanks so much Cathy for dropping by today! Make sure to stop by and say hi to Cathy.

 http://catherinebennett.org

 https://www.facebook.com/cathy.lascow

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And the Winner(s) are…

Savannah and Tina. I know I said I’d only pick one, but I feel like giving stuff away today! I’ll email over all three books to you both soon!

Thanks so much for entering! HAVE A WONDERFUL MEMORIAL DAY!

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First of all I wanted to share another lovely review I got on The Fairy Godmother Files: Cinderella Complex (my readers are seriously awesome and lovely and perfect).  So if you get a chance stop over and check it out at Scribblesonthebackofjanuary.

Secondly, it’s FRIDAY and I’m totally bored (LOL). So, I’m going to have a little giveaway. The prize? All 3 of my books (in ebook format/PDF) for The Fairy Godmother Files: Cinderella Complex, Staking Shadows, and My Dad’s a Paranormal Investigator: Seeking Shapeshifters plus 2 signed bookmarks and a  trading card.

All you have to do is leave a comment (make sure to include your email address so I can let you know if you’ve won). Simple as that. I’ll pick the winner at 5:00 pm EST today, May 25, 2012 (see you don’t even have a long wait). That’ll give you something to read over the weekend.

And if you do win and read the book feel free to leave a review on any of your favorite book sites (good or bad–smiles).

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Hi my lovelies! I hope everyone is doing great. The new job (day job) has been INSANE and has been keeping me CRAZY BUSY. Hoping things get back to normal soon, although, I’m not sure I know what normal is anymore (LOL).

Soccer season is nearing its end. Only 3 more weeks. However, we have tournament the weekened of the 8,9, and 10th. It’ll be fun but massively tiring.

I’ve been turning in paperwork etc on The Winter People (yay). So excited for this book. It’ll be out some time in late 2013. In the next few months I’ll have more details to share on that.

On the writing front, I’ve been slacking a bit (I know, I know–hangs head). But, I am in the midst of planning bks 2-3 for TWP so I have a good reason. This does mean I’ll have to set My Dad’s a Paranormal Investigator 2 on the back burner for now. But I swear, I will finish it. I love the characters too much not to come back to it.

And all my shows are ending for the season WAHHHH!!! I already miss the Vampire Diaries (stares longingly at picture of Damon Salvatore). Ugh! And they cancelled The Secret Circle (WTH). I really liked that show…I swear, sometimes I hate starting new shows because it seems like every time I like one, they get rid of it (GRRR).

My summer shows will start soon though (True Blood/Destination Truth–woot-woot).

Well, just wanted to check in and let everyone know I’m alive and kicking. Oh and for those of you who are always bugging to know what I look like, I finally got my author pic ready (LOL). And here it is…

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HEATHER!!! You’ve won a copy of Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler. I’m giving you this prize on behalf of my crit group and the RAOK Blitz!!

Hope you enjoy.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by and commented. ((HUGS)) My crit group (YAFF) is made up of a bunch of fabulous ladies who I can’t say enough great things about and I’m so glad that I was able to honor them.

 

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A smile. An encouraging word. A thoughtful gesture. Each day people interact with us, help, and make our day a bit brighter and full. This is especially true in the Writing Community. 

Take a second to think about writers you know, like the critique partner who works with you to improve your manuscript. The writing friend who listens, supports and keeps you strong when times are tough. The author who generously offers council, advice and inspiration when asked.

So many people take the time to make us feel special, don’t they? They comment on our blogs, re-tweet our posts, chat with us on forums and wish us Happy Birthday on Facebook.

Kindness ROCKS!

To commemorate the release of their book The Emotion Thesaurus, Becca and Angela at The Bookshelf Muse are hosting a TITANIC Random Act Of Kindness BLITZ. And because I think KINDNESS is contagious, I’m participating too!

I am randomly picking my critique group YA Fiction Fanatics (YAFF), who are absolutely FABULOUS. These ladies are not only supportive, but have helped to shape my writing and stories. I would not be 1/2 the writer I am without them. YAFF members, for my RAOK gift, I’m giving away a copy of Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler on your behalf to 1 lucky commenter.

I really appreciate my fellow YAFF members

 So if you have a minute stop by and tell them how awesome they are!

Do you know someone special that you’d like to randomly acknowledge? Don’t be shy–come join us and celebrate! Send them an email, give them a shout out, or show your appreciation in another way. Kindness makes the world go round. 🙂

Becca and Angela have a special RAOK gift waiting for you as well, so hop on over to The Bookshelf Muse to pick it up.

Have you ever participated in or been the recipient of a Random Act Of Kindness?  Let me know in the comments!

Contest winner to be announced on Friday May 18, 2012.

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OMG! So VERY excited and happy. My AWESOME agents Jennifer Mishler and Frances Black of Literary Counsel said I could announce that my book The Winter People sold in a 3 book deal to Liz Pelletier at Entangled Publishing!

I’m seriously overjoyed and happy and FREAKING OUT! The only things I know right now are that the 1st book The Winter People is slated for late 2013 (likely Fall), the 2nd (untitled) will likely be spring 2014, and not sure about the 3rd one.

I’ll post more details as I get them. So happy to share this with my agents, my friends, and my FABULOUS crit group YA Fiction Fanatics, who without, this SO wouldn’t have been possible.

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